As spring approaches, the street sweeper emerges from its hibernation at the bottom of the lake in search of a mate

Drinky Talky Thingy Episode #63: Endlessly Addicted to Simulators

As spring approaches, the street sweeper emerges from its hibernation at the bottom of the lake in search of a mate
As spring approaches, the street sweeper emerges from its hibernation at the bottom of the lake in search of a mate

We don’t know exactly what it is about these simulators that has us so addicted to them. Perhaps were tired of all of the excitement and joy that comes with working with games all the time and yearn for a more mundane life.

It’s more likely that we are just sadists, who have got hooked up on a set of very weird games.

This weeks show once again saw Dan, Editor of Thirteen1 pull up a seat next to the microphone. This week though that seat was Gow’s usual spot as he had other matter to attend to and couldn’t be with us.

We were not going to let that stop us doing a show and talking about things like the Mass Effect 3 ending argument, Tax breaks for UK games developers, our addiction to Draw Something, Mists of Pandaria & as always the continuing saga of the downfall of GAME.

All that and much more in this episode of the Drinky Talky Thingy.

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You can even if you so wish buy us gifts of beers and sweeties via our Amazon wishlist, doing so will make you the sponsor of that show and as a result we will say almost anything you ask us to during the show. Amazon.co.uk: Drinky Talky Thing
If you want links to any of the stories we covered in the show this week, links can be found after the jump.

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Unfortunatly this is what happens when you get 2 Dans in the same place at the same time

Drinky Talky Thingy Episode #60: The Dans they are multiplying

Unfortunatly this is what happens when you get 2 Dans in the same place at the same time
Unfortunatly this is what happens when you get 2 Dans in the same place at the same time

Well this weeks show was a bit of a shocker really.

Firstly we have a bit of an announcement – We will be doing our first special podcast episode, Recording live at Platform 2012 (http://www.platformexpos.com/events/platform-2012/). Details are still to be finalised but when we know which of the bars we will be set up in, we will let you know so you can come and join us.

Secondly our friend Dan, editor of T1, actually turn up to the recording after over a year of saying he would do so (seriously we had a book going on whether he would show up or not).

Gaming news wise, we once again continued to chronicle the downfall of UK retailer GAME, we discussed the possibility of a freemium Blizzard game, Ranted a bit about Day one DLC & even found the time to check out a dating site.

All that and much more in this episode of the Drinky Talky Thingy.

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You can also subscribe Podcast on iTunes

We also welcome your contact about anything you want to talk to us about – From suggestions for stories to recommendations for mid podcast songs, Hell you can even just hurl insults at us if you so wish. Below is a list of the ways you can contact us.

  • Facebook: Drinky Talky Thingy Podcast
  • You can even if you so wish buy us gifts of beers and sweeties via our Amazon wishlist, doing so will make you the sponsor of that show and as a result we will say almost anything you ask us to during the show. Amazon.co.uk: Drinky Talky Thing
    Music this week came from the brilliant Dan Bull (Dan Bull (itsdanbull) on Twitter) and the track can be purchased on iTunes along with some other remixes here – iTunes – Music – Mass Effect (Remixes) – EP by Dan Bull
    If you want links to any of the stories we covered in the show this week, links can be found after the jump.

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    Wish You Were Here: Diablo III Beta

    [singlepic id=23 w=320 h=240 float=right]For a while now I have planned on re-running certain pieces of my content from Thirteen1.com here on my personal blog as well. You will already have noticed the Drinking games popping up for the last year, well now its time for one of my other regular features to start migrating.

    Wish You Were Here is my version of photo-blogging for want of a better description, each month for the last year I have jumped into games that are in beta or newly released and take a few screenshots. This is to help people get a view on what they are missing out on.

    My first one is from the Diablo III Beta and was originally published in Issue #43 of Thirteen1 Magazine


    The Lord of Destruction may well have been destroyed, but that does not mean all is well in Tristram. This month saw the beta of Diablo III start and me return to the troubled land. As always, I gave it a play with one finger hovering over the screenshot button and here are the results.

    However, I went one step further this month and fired up fraps. Those videos can be seen here, Diablo III Beta Witch Doctor Playthrough – YouTube and below is the gallery of screenshots taken during that playthrough. Enjoy!

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    Paddy the scribe

    Faxion Online
    My first ingame reference, incredible!

    While things have been a little quiet here on my blog recently due to my new job, I really do enjoy my writing.

    Over the last few years it has not only allowed me to share my love of gaming with other people, but has also allowed me to chance to talk to many of the people behind the games.

    One of the favourite features I get to do for Thirteen1 are the game tours. These are when a developer or designer from a studio take the time to show me personally around their game.

    The reason I enjoy these is because it always allows me to see things that I might have missed when playing the game solo. While I always poke around games and explore as much as I can, but you can never beat inside knowledge of the area.

    It’s like visiting a new city. Sure you can have a good time looking around alone, but to truly see it you need a local to guide you to the best spots.

    The last of these I went on was the upcoming Faxion Online from UTV Ignition. For this senior designer Sean Dahlberg took an hour of his time to show me around the first few stages of the game and it looked incredible.

    For my tour overview you can read it over at Thirteen1: Faxion Online Tour

    The other great thing about these tours is that I get to know a bit about the people behind the games, learning a lot about them and the thought processes they had gone through to get the game to the stage it is in. I regularly learn as much about the people who are making the game as I do about the game itself. Read More

    A Challenging Game

    Earlier this week Joysiq shared an article that absolutely flawed me. Terry Garret, a 23 year old student from Colorado, managed to complete Abe’s Exodus despite one major setback. Terry is completely blind!

    He has learnt to play the game purely based on the sounds and effects in the game, the only help he required was for someone to first explain the menus for him so that he could properly save the game.

    What is below is a little video of him playing the game while explaining how he does it & how good the sound editing was on the Abe allowing for this to even be possible.

    This must have been one hell of a challenge for Terry and I have nothing but respect for him for managing it, I hope he finds more games he can finish and that designers out there pay attention to this as an example of the importance of proper sound design.

    It also however got me thinking, Where has the challenge gone in my gaming?

    I used to really enjoy challenges in my gaming, hours would be lost to a challenging level in a game or to a puzzle that required second perfect actions. Those were great times, but then they were also times when I had something I believe was called ‘free time’.

    I say believe as its been that long since I had any I am not sure it ever really existed. It may just be a figment of my overworked imagination.

    Anyway the point was that seems to have gone away when it comes to my gaming experience. That is not to say that is gone from games in general – there are many games that are as challenging as the classics, but there has also a lot of them that have followed a trend towards simpler, more casual friendly experience.

    Also please don’t mistake this for an Anti-Casual rant, There are elements of the casual side of things that really please me now. Being able to drop in and out of an MMO when I have a spare moment or two without having to worry about dedicating hours is a godsend.

    No, the point I’m getting at is that this kid has made me realise that I have become overly casual in my gaming.

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